Following last night’s news that Google Chrome for Android had launched, Adobe has come out and publicly said that Flash will never be supported in the Chrome for Android browser. To some this may come as a surprise but last November Adobe said that they will no longer develop Flash for mobile browsers. Instead they will focus on promoting HTML5 and Adobe Air – a wise decision.
“Adobe is no longer developing Flash Player for mobile browsers, and thus Chrome for Android Beta does not support Flash content. Flash Player continues to be supported within the current Android browser. […] At the same time, we’re actively working to move HTML5 forward via our ongoing collaboration with Google and other members of the Web community.”
While Chrome is not currently Android’s default browser, Google does have plans to eventually replace the current browser with Chrome. Perhaps we will see the end of Flash on newly launched mobile devices as soon as the next version of Android, rumoured to be named Jellybean, launches later this year.
On a side note, if you are not in one the countries valid for downloading Chrome for Android beta from the Market you can grab the .apk from Android Police. Just remember you’ll need an Android device running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
Kitguru says: I will be using Chrome for Android myself over the coming days but already struggle to see a Flash-free world being anything more than a rare annoyance.